July 23, 2015
- The Invention of the Arab Village of Susiya – Ari Briggs
On July 16, State Department spokesperson John Kirby pressured Israel not to enforce demolition orders against an illegal Arab encampment adjacent to the Jewish community of Susiya. The demolition orders had been confirmed by Israel’s High Court in May 2015 after years of appeals and the State Department was apparently misinformed about basic facts of the case. While the Nawajah family’s “struggle” has become a cause celebre for foreign-funded NGOs, Israel’s High Court established that the Nawajah family members have permanent homes in Yata, a West Bank city under full PA rule.
The Nawajah family had been encouraged by the PA to illegally establish “facts on the ground” in an area under full Israeli authority, as per the Oslo Accords. At least 20 illegal structures, funded directly by the EU and proudly bearing the EU flag, were strategically placed between the Jewish community of Susiya and the Susiya archaeological site, which includes a magnificent ancient synagogue. (Jerusalem Post)